In­de­pen­dents not wor­thy of name

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPINION -

I MUST cor­rect the be­lief of Stu­art Dove (May 24) that Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil has five in­de­pen­dent coun­cil­lors. There is only one in­de­pen­dent coun­cil­lor as the other four rep­re­sent Ash­ford In­de­pen­dent, which is a po­lit­i­cal party reg­is­tered with the Elec­toral Com­mis­sion. Their reg­is­tered leader, Cllr Dav­i­son, firmly made the point that they were a reg­is­tered po­lit­i­cal party when he was ques­tion­ing the rota sys­tem for the se­lec­tion of the new Deputy Mayor at the re­cent se­lec­tion com­mit­tee meet­ing (see re­port page 15, May 24). As with any po­lit­i­cal party, Ash­ford In­de­pen­dent has a man­i­festo, and there is the pos­si­bil­ity of a lo­cal need be­ing di­luted to meet the over­all aims of a par­tic­u­lar party. My view is that par­ties like Ash­ford In­de­pen­dent – and there are many oth­ers with sim­i­lar names in the UK – have hi­jacked the word in­de­pen­dent to mis­lead the elec­torate; this partly an­swers Stu­art Dove’s con­cern of ap­a­thy, as the elec­torate does not see the in­de­pen­dence they be­lieved they voted for. David Smith, in­de­pen­dent coun­cil­lor for South Willes­bor­ough, Royds Road, Ash­ford.

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